Francine Perlman has been exhibiting her works on paper, sculpture, constructions, and installations, since 1985, and though all of those are still of abiding interest, mixed-medium printmaking is currently her main creative focus. Her work Doors Open/Doors Close, January 2017, addressing domestic violence, was cited in Artnet News, first as one of eight editors’ picks for must-see in New York City, and later, one of the five must-see Feminist art exhibitions in NYC. Her “book work” Story of the Sea, viscosity monotypes on Japanese paper in a wood structure, was exhibited in 2019 in “Endangered Earth”. In October 2021, a photo essay with seven works in the Journal Entries series was included in "Emanations: When a Planet was a Planet", a journal of illustrations and writing from around the world. She currently has mixed-medium works combining monotypes, cyanotypes, and drawing in several exhibitions.
Statement of this collection
Journal Entries: My art is sometimes a place to hide in plain sight, to make edgy art while feeling safe expressing deeply personal emotions and memories. In each one in this series, a private journal entry is written, but in Yiddish, and then written over, so that it’s exposed and obscured at the same time. Vessels, objects of containment and shelter, accompany the journal entry, drawn on a photo-lithograph of “Soft Grids”, my 3-dimensional tower grids whose lines of string remember the spool they were wound on and obscure their perfect squares.
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